CG-4A

Serial Number: 45-15009

The glider has been restored faithfully using original blueprints. The right wing is left off due to its considerable length, and the left was restored half of its original length. The skin on left side of the fuselage and parts of the wing structure were left exposed so one could see the intricate woodwork that went into creating the CG-4A glider.

Mission

The WACO CG-4A Glider was the most widely used troop/cargo glider of World War II. Considered to be very suitable as a troop/cargo glider, the CG-4A could carry 13 troops, or cargo loads that could include a Jeep with a crew of four plus equipment, or a 75mm howitzer with its guncrew of three, ammunition, and supplies. The first examples of the CG-4A began to enter service with the US Army Air Corps during 1942, with production reaching its peak in 1942-43. CG-4As were used in the invasion of Sicily, Chindit actions in Burma, the invasion of Normandy and southern France, at Arnhem, and during the Rhine crossings. They were also used by the RAF, but only operationally at Sicily. The CG-4 Hadrian Glider was the most widely used Troop/Cargo glider of World War II. These were used in the invasions of Sicily and Normandy, and for crossing the Rhine at Arnhem. Gliders were also used to supply remote bases in China and Burma. Although nearly 14,000 were built, less than a dozen remain in the world today. It is one of only two aircraft of this type owned by the USAF.

Gallery

  • Manufacturer: Waco Aircraft
  • First Flight: May 1942
  • Retired: 1947
Specifications
  • Crew: Two pilots
  • Payload: 13 troops; or Jeep and 4 troops; or 1 75mm Howitzer, 18 rounds and 3 troops; or 6 litters
  • Length: 48 ft 8 in
  • Wingspan: 83 ft 8 in
  • Height: 15 ft 4 in
  • Empty Weight: 3,900 lbs
  • Loaded Weight: 7,500 lbs
  • Powerplant: -
  • Maximum Speed: 150 mph
  • Cruise Speed: 72 mph
  • Range: -
  • Service Ceiling: -
Assignment History

The assignment history for the Air Mobility Command Museum's CG-4A, serial number 45-15009:

Date Location
Aug 1945 to 4820th AAF Base Unit (Specialized Depot Fairfeild Air Technical Service Command), South Bend, IN
Sep 1945 to 4831st AAF Base Unit (SD, FATSC), Parcel Supply Depot, Shelby, OH
Jan 1946 Declared excess
Jul 1946 to War Assets Administration and disposed as salvage

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